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Thursday, 09 April 2009

RIP Normie Feb 2007 - Apr 2009

To all Normie's friends out there,

It was a very difficult and sad decision that I made today. Normie's seizures have progressively worsened over the past few months and his recent episodes just did not want to end.

He started seizuring at 17h30 on Tuesday 7 April 2009, and they got longer and every single time. I had him at the vet 3 times and then he stayed overnight again last night, but when he got home today, he was running into walls and looking strangely at his toys. It was obvious that the brain damage started and he continued his fits until I had him back at the doctor at 16h00 today. By recommendation from the doc and my own trauma of seeing all this, we decided it would be better to have him put to sleep.

I will miss his love. I will miss his laughter. I will miss his wagging tale. I will miss his devoted love to me... he followed me every step that I made. The loo, the shower, the bath, the kitchen, the bedroom, even when i mowed the lawn... 100% devoted to his mom and never left my side. They say, if you want loyalty, get a dog. Well I had that from him all the way. He gave the best little kisses ever, and never slobbered over me. He smiled all the time and was always keen to obey my every request.

What an awesome little dog he was.

Normie, you were the light of my life from the moment you came into it. Thanks for all the smiles you put on my face. Thanks for showing me what true love really is.

Thank you God for sending me such a beautiful little angel.

I will always love you and you will always be exceptionally special in my heart.

We will meet again my sweetiepie.

Sleep tight and love you always.



Petey said...

Hi there,

We didn't know Normie but he sure sounds like a swell little Wiry boy. His time was cut way too short but he certainly packed a lot of love into every minute of it. Our hearts go out to you on this very sad day, but we're confident you and Normie will see each other again.

Comforting snuggles,


vagabond dreamer said...

2007 Steffy died of cancer she was five
2008 Zodiac died of Pneumonia
and now Browny has cancer
Life some times just dosent seem fair but they bring so much joy into our lives that it hard to think that it will ever be the same again. But i believe im a much better person because they came into my life.
I just started following your blog and i'm already in love with Norman. I believe where ever he is he has a wide medow to run around and lots of his fav treats to eat. Rest in peace little guy.
Indian mythology says when a dog dies it is to protect his family from some thing bad. i dont know if its true or not, but i believe it is, and that makes him a hero.

vagabond dreamer said...

My babies

Anonymous said...

I'm beyond sorry for your loss. I occasionally read this blog because I own a wirey boy myself who was born around the same time that Norman was. I enjoyed reading the similarities. It's so sad he had to be taken from you so soon! :(

Jen said...

Wow, so very sorry to read this. It sounds like you gave Normie a great life.

Juanita said...

Thanks for all the support. Its a very sad time for me. I know he is in a beautiful place now.

I do think he has died to take care of his family. Weird how I thought the same thing and was not aware of any mythologies.

Forever my little angel doggie.

Asta said...

I am heawtbwoken to wead this. I hadn't heawd fwom you fwom ages, but always loved normie. such a handsome sweet wiwy boy. I hope my wiwy-angel sissie Nowa, and Angel-bwuvvew Nikki wewe thewe to gweet you at the gates of the Wainbow bwidge.
Wun fwee and healthy with youw big smile.
You wewe so loved and will be gweatly missed by youw family and fwiends
smoochie kisses

Anonymous said...

Hi Norm
You will never know how much joy and happiness you brought into your mommy's life!! You will always remain her true blessing. I knew you for such a short time and somehow you just knew how to steel my own heart.
God certainly sends us fluffy companions for a reason and a season - God speed until we all meet again!!
Love Belinda, Graeme, Candi and Norri xxxx

Kaytee said...

Dear Juanita,

although I´m on the other side of the world (in Germany) I can feel your terrible grief and deep loss. I am so shocked to read what had happend. I cried several times: Normie was so exceptional cute. He made me smile and touched my heart. I found your videos from Normie on Youtube and he was the most wonderfull wire fox Ive ever seen.
I used to have two foxterriers and they were heartfilling. I miss them very much. Hope that I can have a wire fox again.
I send you my deepest regrets. I whish I could send you consolation...
Thank you so much for giving us the chance to participate. You lighted up my life with Normies videos and this blogspot.
I am sure that you are a wonderfull person.
Norman brought love and happyness to so many people around the world. As a passionate WFT fan I will remember him for my entire life.
Hugs from Kaytee

Kaytee said...
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Angie said...

Dear Juanita and Baggy,

We are deeply sorry to hear of your loss and we are sending lots and lots of love and support to you from Jo'burg. By the way, apparently a little wire haired fox terrier with wings was spotted flying over your house earlier. Your new little angel to watch over you.

Lots and lots of love,
Angie, Patrick, Kiera and Morgan x x x

Butchy and Snickers said...

Oh no, we can't believe this. We are sooooooo very sorry about poor Norman. We know he had those terrible seizures. That's what scares Mama about Snickers. Luckily she has gone 3 weeks with no seizures so far. Run free sweet Norman. We'll meet you someday.
Luv & Wirey Hugs,
Butchy, Snickers, Ruby, Sylvester & Scuby

Deetz said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish I had gotten to know your lil normie. I come via Butchy and Snickers and just wanted to let you know you are in our hearts. We lost our lil Gizmo last year and it leaves a huge whole in our hearts but we shall see them again and they will be waiting for us....
Paw hugs
Deetzy and family

Maggie and Mitch said...

We read about Normie on Butchy and Snickers blog and wanted you to know how very sorry we are to hear about your beloved boy! We wish we could have gotten to know him. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Lacy said...

sad woofs, me is sooo sorry u lost Normie...and soo sorry me didnt meet him before..he looked like a precious little boy..u r in my thoughts and prayers...RIP Normie, run with the wind..

a sad,
angel lacylulu and mama..

Sally said...

We read about Norman on Butchy and Snickers blog - we just wanted to say how sorry we were to hear about his passing. We send you lots of love

Diana, Sally and Paddy

the 4 Bs said...

we are so sorry about little Norman. we can tell that he was loved very much. we hope that you can find some comfort in your wonderful memories.

sad woofs from the 4Bs and our mom

Juanita said...

Thank you again for all your love and care.

I burried Normie on Monday at 18h00 in a special spot close to the beach... a place he loved to go so often. I planted some flowers on top of his little grave and have been back every day to water them.

Its gonna take a long time for me to get over him. I just wish the pain will go away so that I can smile when I think of him and not cry... which is why Im not really thinking or speaking of him too much.

I firmly believe that when people and animals die sooner than expected, its because they have fulfilled their purpose in life and are then ready to move on.

Normie def died way too soon, but he was just perfect in his heart and spirit.

Never loved a doggie so much!

Roxy said...

A sad, sad end. I have no sufficient words adequate other than to offer our sympathies.

For their brief time they sure pack in a lot of happiness.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh...we are so very sorry to hear this...we've visited your bloggie from Butchy and Snickers blog...we can't even imagine how awful this was for you. We know sweet Norman is at the bridge, runnin' like the wind free of the seizures that were so debilitating for him.

We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers...

Scruffy, Lacie and Babystan

Three terriers from the States...

Noah the Airedale said...

We're so sorry to hear about Normies passing and even though we didn't know him we are so sad to hear this news.
Take care.

Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Anonymous said...

Dear Norman

Rest in peace my friend, very sad to have hear you had to go so soon.

You held a special place in my heart, and I know you are without pain now.


Anonymous said...

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Cristina said...


My little wiri has this stupid form of cancer and the doctor said she has almost no chance. I'm so stonned and broken thinking i might lose her. Have any of you heard of the fibrosarcoma, do you know if there's anything i can do to save my doggie? Her name is Jazzie and she's five years old. Thank you.

I'm so sorry about Normie...

Southbay Girl said...

I was just on my dogs blog for the first time in awhile and read your post. I am so very sorry for your loss! We know Norman loved you and knew he was loved so deeply by you! May he rest in peace and never have seizures again! I am so very sorry!

Velcro, Kodak, 3 Perf, blossom, Angel Winton and mom Penny

Luna "The Scruffy Yacht Dog" said...

Dear Juanita,

We are so sorry to hear about Norman. He was such a cute little boy, loved his video "Popcorn Boy". Luna loves popcorn. They are such a big part of our lives and it is very heart breaking when they leave us. Please accept our deepest sympathies,


John, Joan, and Luna

Maggie and Mitch said...

We just came from Luna's blog and read about Normie! We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

sienna said...

i came here from dogs with blog's "paw it forward" blog randomizer.

my heart aches for you, and i want you to know that i will be thinking of you both as i light the candle in my candle holder tonight.

i light a candle for norman, and ask my beardie boy "totte", who went to the rainbow bridge in february, to welcome norman.

hugs to you!

/ sienna's human

Anonymous said...

We had written to you about our dog Tanner (wire fox) having seisures also. I am so sorry you had to make this decision. Every time Tanner has a seisure I wonder if this will be the time they don't stop. My heart goes to you.

fada*do*lar said...

Oh nooooooooooo!!! :'(

I'm just crying while reading this post.
I was a regular visitor for a year, since I became a WFT mummy myself.
And Norman was absolutely my favourite doggie I've meet in the net.

I can't even imagine being without my dog... she completely fills my life with happiness.
But you known that Normie had a wonderful life full of love, and always will be the sweetess memory in your heart.

Huge hug from me and Milú

William Tell said...

Wires are such special little dogs, the clowns of the dog world, and my three always keep me laughing. Norman sounds just like them, making the world a brighter and more cheerful place for the people he loved. I'm glad you had this loving little fellow in your life, and extend our heartfelt sympathy in your loss. Remember the happy times.

William Tell, Cap and Glynn
and family

Juanita said...

Hi everyone, I have posted a picture of Normie's grave - if anyone is interested - in a new post.

thanks again for all your support.

Böbe said...

Dear Juanita,

we have just read these all. We cannot find any words.


Böbe and Mom

Daniella said...

I am shocked and devastated to read of Norman's passing. I can't believe it, I hadn't heard did I not know. My heart is in pieces thinking about you and your love for that sweet, dear Wiry boy. I hope you are doing better with each passing day. I am so terribly sorry Juanita. My god bless you and give you the strength to bring anoter wire into your life when you are ready.
Daniella and Axel

James S, said...

Many many condolences.

I just started seeing your blog today and responded on the stripping issue and then I saw this. v. sad ;-(

I hope you find it in your heart to bring a Norman back into your life again as you are clearly a devoted and caring owner and have discovered the wonderful nature of the terrier breeds.

I am a big Irish Terrier fan and would be very upset watching my dog go through what you have had to endure.

I am sure you will have many wonderful relationships with future fluffy companions as they will with you.

All the best and I encourage you to re-embrace the joy and wonder of these wonderfully inquisitive and playful breeds as soon as you feel ready again.

Juanita said...

I appreciate all the sincere messages! Norman is still very much a part of me... it is very hard to even read this blog.

one day, for sure... I will get another Norman doggie. I visited his grave yesterday... cleaned up the grass and flowers.

I miss him soo much.